Developments in American Politics 2 by Gillian Peele, Christopher J. Bailey, Bruce Cain, B. Guy

By Gillian Peele, Christopher J. Bailey, Bruce Cain, B. Guy Peters

Advancements in American Politics 2 brings jointly specifically commissioned chapters by way of top overseas students in a tightly-edited shape to supply a scientific and complete account of presidency, politics and coverage lower than the Clinton Presidency. The ebook, which is composed totally of unique new chapters, concludes with assurance of key present concerns and an overview of significant contending ways to the learn of yankee politics.

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During these decades, Republican presidential candidates enjoyed on average a 100point lead in the popular vote. 1). This lead was exaggerated by the winner-take-all system, so Republicans swept the board with 416 out of 537 electoral college votes. Based on normal vote analysis, the odds seemed stacked on the return of George Bush in 1992, with a predictable and unexciting contest. This pattern of Democratic failure can be attributed to a series of particular circumstances: the unpopularity of successive Democratic contenders, the lack of experience of their campaign strategists, factionalism within the Democratic Party.

The "lock" thesis gradually became popular following the publication of Kevin Phillips's influential book The Emerging Republican Majority (Phillips, 1970), which spawned a lively debate (Shafer, 1991). The theory sought to account for the striking phenomenon that, from 1968 to 1988, the Republicans won every presidential election but one. The Carter victory in 1976 could be seen, in large part, as an exception due to Watergate. During these decades, Republican presidential candidates enjoyed on average a 100point lead in the popular vote.

The results confirm the widespread perception that political trust took a further beating in this election; more people believed that many government officials were crooked, that government was run for a few big interests, that government could not be trusted, and that the government wasted a lot of the taxpayers' money. Trends, which had been on the upturn in the early 1980s, slid slightly again although this tendency should not be exaggerated. Cynicism about government did not quite reach the depths plumbed in 1980 in the aftermath of Watergate, the oil crisis, the hostage crisis, and Carter's "malaise" speech.

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